Why Adult Literacy?

Adults whose lack of reading, writing and speaking skills causes them to struggle to perform the daily tasks that native English speakers take for granted: reading to their children, ordering from a menu, completing job applications and filling out medical forms.


How would you feel if you couldn’t read a book to your child or grandchild at bedtime? How would you feel if you were afraid to answer your phone because you couldn’t properly communicate? How would you feel if couldn’t advocate for yourself or your child or your partner because of an inability to read, write and speak English with fluency? The answer: POWERLESS. LPNJ gives the power back to adults!


“If no parent is left behind, no child is left behind.”


Did you know?

  • New Jersey is tied for the 6th worst literate state in the United States
  • 17% of New Jerseyans are functionally illiterate
  • 42 million people in the United States are reading at or below a 3rd grade reading level
  • An estimated 1 in 4 people in the United States cannot read the directions on a medicine bottle
  • This problem is NOT limited to immigrants
  • The number of American born people who are dropping out of school by the age of 16 is growing annually


“An inability to read hinders individuals from reaching their potential as parents, workers and citizens, and low literacy levels cost American businesses billions in lost productivity each year. High levels of functional illiteracy are felt throughout the community, leading to multigenerational cycles of poverty, poor health, school failure and higher tax burdens.”

(Project Literacy, Bergen County)


Over the years we, at LPNJ, have watched the numbers grow as we have given the gift of literacy to those in our community.

  • In 2012, we supported over 800 adult learners.
  • In 2011, we supported over 1,000 adult learners.In 2010, we supported 967 adult learners.
  • In 2009, we supported 793 adult learners.
  • In 2008, we supported 320 adult learners.